BUILD co-solutions

Plastic is an integral part of our everyday life: wrappers, bottles, toys, pens, bags – and the list goes on. We all constantly use plastic. That makes it so difficult to avoid. Science and society have to find solutions together. Various projects combat marine litter worldwide. They have different approaches and focus on global or regional developments. Learn about scientific and societal contributions – and get involved. Overall, our lifestyle needs to change to reduce plastic waste significantly. Even small actions can make a big difference. Address your questions directly to scientists, contribute your ideas and be part of the solution.

volunteers cleaning a beach © Surfrider Foundation Europe


    Afterlife aims at completely converting environmentally harmful food wastewater into valuable metabolites, bioplastics and ultra-pure water for its reuse, as an advancement with respect to current benchmarking wastewater treatment and also with respect to established biopolymer production routes.
  • Aquafil | Italy
    Aquafil launched an initiative called “The Healthy Seas, a Journey from Waste to Wear”, with the aim of reducing the amount of marine litter floating in the sea. 
  • Beat the Microbead | The Netherlands
    Beat the Microbead is an international campaign against microplastic ingredients in cosmetics.
  • Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Institute of Biology and Environmental Sciences (IBU) | Germany
    The research project aims to acquire solid, scientific knowledge and an understanding of current and future distribution patterns of plastic litter along the coast and shorelines of north-west Germany, including the East Frisian Islands. 
  • Cientificos de la Basura | Chile
    “Garbage scientists” – a scientific research program for school students.
  • Clean Sea | EU
    CleanSea is a multidisciplinary and collaborative research project addressing marine litter from different perspectives.
  • CLEAR, Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research, Memorial University of Newfoundland | Canada
    Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research engages in action-oriented research through grassroots environmental monitoring.
    Lactips produces water soluble and biodegradable thermoplastic pellets based on milk protein.
  • European Union | EU
    The EU provides funding to projects to understand and tackle plastic pollution in the ocean through different programmes such as FP7, Horizon2020, the LIFE programme etc.
  • Expedition Med | France
    Expéditions MED is a public-interest program on the marine environment aiming to strengthen the cooperation between the world of science, citizens and decisions makers.
  • GUPPYFRIEND | Germany
    The GUPPYFRIEND Washing Bag is the first practical way to prevent microfibers from entering into rivers and oceans.
  • ICBM, Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment, University of Oldenburg – Wooden Drifters | Germany
    The research project aims to acquire solid, scientific knowledge and an understanding of current and future distribution patterns of plastic litter along the coast and shorelines of north-west Germany, including the East Frisian Islands.
    Legambiente considers marine litter one of the major threats to marine ecosystems in the Mediterranean Sea and is engaged in different activities aimed at reducing marine litter in the environment.
  • Marcus Eriksen, The 5 Gyres Institute | USA
    5 Gyres empowers action against the global health crisis of plastic pollution through science, art, education, and adventure.
    By developing innovative mechanisms and tools, MARLISCO aims to effectively engage, inform and empower society, reaching the widest possible audience.
  • Max Liboiron, Memorial University of Newfoundland | Canada
    Max Liboiron is an Assistant Professor in Geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where she directs Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR), a feminist laboratory that specialises in citizen science and grassroots environmental monitoring of marine plastic pollution.
  • MERMAIDS Life+ project – Ocean Clean wash | EU
    The multidisciplinary consortium of the MERMAID project is aiming to mitigate the environmental impact of micro and nanoplastic particles resulting from laundry wastewater on European (sea) ecosystems.
  • NOAA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – Marine Debris Tracker | USA
    With the 'Marine Debris Tracker' it just takes a few seconds to easily report findings of marine debris or litter anywhere in the world and prevent it from impacting the oceans.
  • P4SB | EU
    P4SB is about the utilisation of Synthetic Biology to bring about the sustainable and environmentally friendly bioconversion of oil-based plastic waste into biodegradable plastics by means of deeply engineered, whole-cell bacterial catalysts.
  • Pacific garbage screening | Germany
    This project focuses on developing a platform for estuaries and the great garbage patches. Water currents distribute (micro)plastic even deep under the surface. The platform’s specific design calms these currents, allowing the plastic to float or sink based on their density, where it can be collected.
  • Plastic Pirates – Science Year 2016*17 – Seas and Oceans | Germany
    The 'Plastic Pirates' youth campaign is a citizen science campaign which contributes to research on the distribution of macro- and microplastics along German rivers.
  • Post-Landfill Action Network | UK
    The Post-Landfill Action Network cultivates, educates, and inspires the student-led zero waste movement.
  • PLASTOX Project | EU
    The PLASTOX project will investigate the ingestion, food-web transfer, and ecotoxicological impact of microplastics, together with persistent organic pollutants (POPs), metals and plastic additive chemicals associated with them, on key European marine species and ecosystems.
    POSEIDOMM investigates the photochemical and biological cycling of marine organic matter and its interaction with microplastics,exploring the implications for oceanic carbon cycling.
  • ResponSEAble | EU
    Is supporting the emergence of an effective and dynamic European ocean knowledge system that contributes to raising awareness on everybody’s responsibility and interest in a healthy and sustainable ocean.
  • SeaChange | EU
    By using the concept of 'Ocean Literacy', Sea Change will create a deeper understanding amongst European citizens of how their health depends on the health of our seas and ocean.
  • Surfrider Foundation Europe | EU
    The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. 
  • The Plastic Tide | UK
    The Plastic Tide will significantly enhance our understanding of the amount of plastic on coastlines, by trialing revolutionary drone-based automatic detection of the litter.
    Tracking Of Plastic In Our Seas is research project with the goal to develop an innovative, powerful and comprehensive model for tracking marine plastic through our ocean to vastly improve our understanding of the way plastic litter moves through our ocean.
  • University of Siena – Plastic Busters | Italy
    The Plastic Busters project will facilitate the efforts of decision makers and stakeholders in effectively dealing with the issue of marine litter by supporting the implementation of the Regional Plan on Marine Litter Management in the Mediterranean.
  • Upcycling the Oceans – ECOALF | Spain
    Upcycling the Oceans project (UTO) collects the trash that is destroying our oceans and turns it into top quality yarn to produce fabrics and products.
    UTOFIA (Underwater 3D imaging) offers a compact and cost-effective underwater imaging system for turbid environments. Applicable for e.g. marine life monitoring, harbor and ocean litter detection and seabed mapping.